Interview with Jen Wyler
So Jen, when did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I never wanted to be a writer, I just wrote. Eventually my family harassed me into trying to get my first book published…after spending too long looking for an agent, I found a small publisher and things took off from there. I love writing, having others to be able to read my stories is amazing J
How long did it take you to write your book?
Broken Prince took me about five months, but I didn’t work on it constantly as I had a number of other projects on the go too.
What genre is your book? What made you choose to write in that category?
Picking a genre is so hard. Broken Prince is fantasy, with adventure, and some romance. It’s a bit epic and a bit dark…hmm Let’s stick with fantasy.
What was your work schedule like when you were writing?
I go in spurts. I’ll get a lot done and then make almost no progress. Rinse and repeat. Having kids, most of my writing gets done when they are at school or after they go to bed.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like to chew gum, or eat candy, and need to be undisturbed.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I get a lot of ideas from music (but I can’t listen to music while I write). Otherwise things come to me while driving, or napping, or sleeping or cleaning or… As for more technical things, I do research online about old societies, medieval times etc, psychology, whatever I need.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve finished writing 7 books. 3 are published. Sweet Light was a Fantasy Romance and my first published novel. I have 4 books in that world written and haven’t gotten around to cleaning them up and making them presentable yet. In The Broken Ones series I have Broken Aro and Broken Prince finished. My favorite would be Broken Prince, it was fun to write and to read.
I also have 2 anthologies out, a YA fantasy novella series, and a few short stories/novellas.
Are you currently working on another book? If so, is it part of a series or something different?
I’m currently working on the 3rd book in The Broken Ones. I haven’t picked out a title for it yet, but it will start with ‘Broken” J
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I enjoy the marketing aspect of writing. I spend a lot of times in edits, but you asked what I enjoy doing. I love to hang out with my kids and sweetheart, and to read whenever I can.
What does your family think of your writing?
All of my family (except my ex) is very supportive of my writing. My kids think it is very cool and love to tell everyone their mom is an author.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned about yourself in creating your books?
I have a very vivid imagination. I don’t even know where I come up with this stuff sometimes.
Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Google is your friend. Research writing, editing, techniques, common errors writer’s make. Your story could be awesome, but if it is full of punctuation and grammatical errors publishers/agents won’t read much of it.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I love to hear from my readers! They have all been super nice. Occasionally they yell at me for making them cry. Quite often it’s ‘when is the next book coming out?”
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I had an ever-changing list which included being a vet, and I don’t remember what else. (I have a very bad memory) In highschool I wanted to be a geneticist. I ended up getting a degree in physical geography, only because I couldn’t pass Calculus to save my life, otherwise I’d have a degree in geology.
Are you self published or do you have a publisher? If self published, what made you decide to go that route?
Sweet Light is published by Echelon Press, along with some of my shorts and my novella series. My anthologies and The Broken Ones series is published by Untold Press.
Do you have a website, fan page, blog or twitter we can pass on to your fans?
My website: www.jenwylie.com
My blog: http://jlwylie.wordpress.com/
Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Wylie/151266004895266
Where can your books be found?
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Jen-Wylie/e/B004HQ9XD8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Broken Aro and Broken Prince are currently in Amazon Select.
Everything else I’ve written can be found in most major online stores.